Guest Blog – Starry Night Book Reviews

I am guest blogging today on Starry Night Book Reviews, where I will be talking about writing and e-publishing. Stop by and join the fun!

http://starrynightbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/04/indie-monday-with-caryn-moya-block.html

5 Star Review for Alpha’s Mate

Angibabi4 of Night Owl Reviews has reviewed Alpha’s Mate by Caryn Moya Block.

Title: Alpha’s Mate
Authors: Caryn Moya Block
Score: 5.00 / 5 – Reviewer Top Pick
Active Date: Mar 28, 2012

http://www.nightowlreviews.com/nor/Reviews/Angibabi4-reviews-Alphas-Mate-by-Caryn-Moya-Block.aspx

“This was an excellent beginning to what I believe will prove to be an excellent series. The author pulled me in from page one. I cannot wait for the next one in this series. I look forward to reading the continuing adventures of the Siberian Volkov Pack.”

Wow! 5 Stars! I am so excited. Please follow the link to read the rest of the review. Thank you Angibabi4 and Night Owl Reviews.

Winner of Free Copy of “Alpha’s Mate”.

Image  Congratulations to A. Charol for winning a free copy of Alpha’s Mate. Your comment on :http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/2012/03/guest-blog-and-giveaway-caryn-block.html

was greatly appreciated and I hope you enjoy reading Alpha’s Mate.  I was so happy to share with you and appreciate Urban Fantasy Investigations for giving me this opportunity. Happy Reading.

Guest Blogging Today

Come by Urban Fantasy Investigations, where I am guest blogging on what books I read while growing up. Find out how they shaped the person I’ve become today. Enter to win a free copy of Alpha’s Mate. Hope to see you there!

http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/

Why Siberia?

A reader of “Alpha’s Mate” asked me recently why you placed your Lycanthropes in Siberia. The answer to that journey of discovery starts with the question. “Where in the world could you hide a large group of people who turn into wolves?”

So, I looked at a map and thought of several places:

China might work. But even though I love Jackie Chan movies, I couldn’t see him turning into a wolf. A tiger maybe or a dragon, but not a wolf.

I hesitated to put them into the United States because up until recently wolves were an endangered species in most states. So a group as large as I needed would stick out like a sore thumb and couldn’t possibly stay hidden. I hoped to give my world a sense of possibility, even in its paranormal structure.

Then I looked at Russia. Siberia is a huge part of the continent and is mostly forest and streams. The weather can be brutal, so having a warm fur coat would come in handy. Wolves are known for being a part of the eco-system.

Hhmm. Next step, let’s look at the country’s history.

Siberia was originally settled by different ethnic nomadic tribes and is regarded as the locus classicus of shamanism. It is inhabited by a variety of ethnic groups, many of whom observe shamanistic practices even in modern times. Many classical ethnographic sources of “shamanism” were recorded among Siberian peoples.

I liked this idea. My world of shifters would be very connected to the Earth, so shamanism would make sense for their belief system. We move on:

In the Far East is the Sakha (Yukutia) Republic. This is a large area almost the size of India and has a population of less than one million inhabitants.

That means a big place with few people. Okay, this sounds like a possible place to hide a group of wolf shifters. Let’s look on:

The Yakut or Sakha language belongs to the Northern branch of the Turkic family of languages. There are about 444,000 ethnic Yakuts (Russian census, 2002) mainly in the Republic of Sakha.

Now the find, which made it imperative to place my shapeshifters here in Sakha, Siberia.

The Wolf (Böri) symbolizes honor and is also considered the mother of most Turkic peoples. Asena (Ashina Tuwu) is the wolf mother of Bumen, the first Khan of the Göktürks.

The legend runs as follows. After a battle, only an injured young boy survives. A she-wolf finds the injured child and nurses him back to health. He subsequently impregnates the wolf which then gives birth to ten half-wolf, half-human boys. One of these, Ashina, becomes their leader and founds the Ashina clan that ruled the Göktürks and other Turkic nomadic empires.

What a great connection to my lycanthrope world! A mythology that has a she-wolf as a mother to ten half-wolf, half-human boys. It wasn’t hard to think they could shift between forms. And so the Lycanthropes of Siberia are born. Welcome to my world! Thank you for joining me on this journey of discovery and your interest into why I placed my Lycanthropes in Siberia.

Into the past – guest blog

I will be blogging about the books I read, while growing up, and how they influenced the person and writer I am today. As well as offering a free e-copy of “Alpha’s Mate” to a lucky reader. Come join me at Urban Fantasy Investigations on March 14, 2012. http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/

Reading and Writing

I followed some advice from my author friends and joined “Goodreads.com” this week. As I went through the lists of books I’ve read, it hit me that here was a map to the author I have become. It started in 1977 when I fell madly in love with a book by Andre Norton called “Catseye”. It was a sci-fi book about a man who joined up with some animals as they shared a psychic connection and could speak to each other. There is more as I found Anne McCaffrey and “The Dragon Riders of Pern” and so on.

Now I write romances where men turn into wolves and have a psychic connection to their mate. Not really that hard to see if you knew me then.  If you know me now, it might surprise you.  But stay tuned and you’ll see how it all came to be.

That’s all for now! Happy Reading and Happy Writing!

MoonKissed, A Comment

MoonKissed, A Comment.

     If you have visited my links to “Alpha’s Mate” it might be confusing to also read “MoonKissed, A Work of Fiction”.  So I thought to explain:

     “Alpha’s Mate” is set in current time in Russia, but is a completely different world from the world of MoonKissed.  I decided to experiment in writing in first person and MoonKissed was born.  I also wanted to write something humorous as well as encompass a mystery.  Amanda McKenna became my first werewolf detective.

    I always wondered about the Werewolf mythology, connecting the actual shifting into a wolf to the full moon.  If you look at some of the beliefs about the moon being a feminine energy, connected to the tides and 28 day cycle.  It made sense to create a world where only women can be werewolves.  Also the word “luna” is the root for “Lunacy” or “Lunatic” and it is believed that everyone gets a little crazy under the full moon.  Besides being crazy, it can also mean “foolishness” or “foolery”.

    So there you have it.  Two worlds for people who are kissed by the moon.  I hope you join me in the journey.